Frances Perkins Center Receives $30,000. Grant from Newman’s Own Foundation


The Frances Perkins Center on the River Road, Newcastle.

Biography of Frances Perkins, by Kirstin Downey, Published in 2009.

Earlier this month the Frances Perkins Center received a $30,000. grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor Paul Newman.  The award to the Perkins Center was made by Newman’s Own Foundation as part of its commitment to the empowerment of individuals.

The grant to the Perkins Center will be used to support a traveling educational exhibit about Frances Perkins’ life and legacy. Perkins’ grandson Tomlin Coggeshall has been the force behind this preservation effort.

The Frances Perkins Center honors the legacy of Frances Perkins by sharing her commitment to the principle that government should provide all its people with the best possible life and by preserving the place that shaped her character.

Perkins was the first woman to serve in a US Cabinet, a key advisor to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and a lifelong advocate for social justice and economic security.  She was responsible for initiating ground-breaking programs that are a bulwark of American society today – social security, the 40-hour work week, unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation and the minimum wage.  Perkins had deep roots at this homestead in Newcastle.

These are the social safety nets that the current Trump administration has targeted to go after and eliminate.

Please call 207 – 563-3374 for more information.  Also, for more background information, please visit post herein dated August 13, 2017.